Drug kingpin sentenced to 12 years in prison; Mendiola was at center of Taco Bell fatal shootout two years ago


A Roswell man authorities described as the leader of a drug trafficking organization was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Las Cruces to 144 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for his conviction on cocaine and methamphetamine trafficking charges.

ESGR thanks employers of Guards, Reservists with food and flight

Lee Harvard walks away from a Blackhawk helicopter.

Blackhawk helicopter rides provide civilians with fun, new perspective

Riding through the city of Roswell in a helicopter isn’t exactly an everyday activity for typical residents, but if one is part of the area’s National Guard or Army Reserve, one’s day-to-day life is likely anything but typical.

Man involved in police shootout identified


Authorities have identified the man who allegedly opened fire at a Chaves County sheriff’s deputy Wednesday night along U.S. Route 380.

ENMU-R graduates told to become leaders, self-advocates

Special Services Program Director Leah Lucier talks Thursday afternoon with a Eastern New Mexico University-Roswell graduate and others who attended the program graduation ceremony on campus. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

Sasha Tiernan’s family didn’t think she would ever go to college, much less complete a program.

Jeff Tucker named editor of Roswell Daily Record


Roswell Daily Record publisher Barbara Beck and general manager SaraLei Fajardo have announced that Jeff Tucker has been named the new editor of the newspaper.

CVEC names room after former official

Jack Case and wife, Doris, stand in front of the newly christened Jack Case Community Room of the Central Valley Electric Cooperative offices in Artesia. On Wednesday afternoon, the organization named the meeting and dining area in honor of their former Board of Trustees president and member. Case served for 39 years before his recent retirement. He also received a plaque in recognition of his work with the group. "I didn't expect all this," he said. "I knew they were going to have a get-together, but I didn't expect all this." CVEC General Manager Chuck Pinson said he appreciated many aspects of Case's leadership, including his concern about the cooperative's employees. Central Valley provides electricity to rural areas in Eddy and Chaves counties as well as portions of Lea and Otero counties. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

NMED to hold meeting in regards to Volkswagen settlement


The New Mexico Environment Department will hold a public outreach meeting in Roswell on Aug. 17 to discuss a Volkswagen settlement.

Artist uses creativity to fight human trafficking

Tiffany Pascal at her booth at this year’s Galacticon. Pascal presented her new comics “Jiu Jitsu Boyfriend” together with Luis Aleman who collaborated with her. Pascal’s work to prevent human trafficking of children is not commonly known. (Christina Stock Photo)

Most people think of the South before the Civil War when they hear the word “slave.”

Idella Norine Sparks (Hebert) Davis


Idella Norine Sparks (Hebert) Davis, 85, passed away July 19, 2017, at home in Roswell, New Mexico. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at 11 a.m., at Calvary Baptist Church, 1009 W. Alameda, Roswell, New Mexico. Pastors Andy Byers and Joe Sparks will officiate. A tribute of Idella’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for her family.
Idella was born September 17, 1931, in Ima, New Mexico, to Richard Franklin Sparks and Amelia Idella Bragg Sparks. Idella spent most of her youth growing up in Roswell, New Mexico. She enjoyed working for her family at “The Barrel” where she fondly remembered serving the community delicious root beer, hamburgers, and ice cream. Idella graduated from Roswell High School in 1950. She married Edward A. Hebert in 1951, and together they had five children. Idella was baptized when she was nine years old in Deming, New Mexico.
She was an active member of Calvary Baptist Church where she taught Sunday school and volunteered often. She enjoyed Tuesday game days and dearly loved spending time with her church family. Idella married Curtis Eugene (Jack) Davis in 1972. Jack passed away in 1975. Idella worked for the telephone company for thirty-two years and made lifetime friends before she retired in 1983.
In her retirement, Idella was involved with the Jingle Bob Chapter of the Telephone Pioneers of America. Her favorite pastime was playing Skip-Bo and other games with family and friends. Idella also loved rooting for and encouraging her children and grandchildren at their sporting events. She was well known as a kind, loving, and spiritual woman with a keen sense of humor.
She always felt blessed to have been the oldest and youngest in two families, the Sparks and the Meadows. She always considered her nieces and nephews in the Meadows family as brothers and sisters.
Idella is survived by her sons: Thomas Hebert (Betty), Peter Hebert, Paul Hebert (Melodie); daughters: Trudy Hebert, Lisa Woods (Ken); grandchildren: Serenity Gomez (Jason) Christy Soto, Ryan Hebert, Theresa Montoya, Destiny Herron (Joseph), Daniel Soto, Brandon Hebert (Kristin) Logan Hebert, Marissa Soto, Nicole Bridges (Justin); fourteen great-grandchildren; “brothers”: John Meadows (Jan), Bruce Meadows (Gloria); “sisters”: Betty Hudson, Ruth McKinney (Jim), Clora Anderson (Bobby), Marie Penewit (Gary); and all the many very special nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws, stepchildren and friends that she dearly loved.
Idella is preceded in death in the Sparks family by her parents: Richard Franklin Sparks and Amelia Idella Bragg Sparks; brothers: Elvin Sparks (Rachel), Rexel Sparks (Hilda), Avrit (Sandy) Sparks, True Sparks, Orval Sparks, Lee Otis Sparks (Carole); sisters: Ruby Patton, Elizabeth (Betty), Galloway (Bill); Meadows family: Clora Sparks Meadows “Momma,” Archy Meadows “Daddy,” “sister,” Martha Ellen Meadows; “brother,” Archy Meadows (Jan); brother-in-law, Don Hudson; and daughter-In-law, Debra Hebert.
A celebration of her life will be Saturday, July 29, 2017, at 11 a.m., at Calvary Baptist Church, 1009 W Alameda, Roswell, New Mexico. Officiating will be Pastor Andy Byers and Pastor Joe Sparks.
Memorial contributions may be made in Idella’s memory to Calvary Baptist Church at www.CBCRoswell.com or the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org.
This tribute was lovingly written in honor of Idella by her family.


Lorilei Briseño Perlingos


Lorilei Briseño Perlingos, age 48, went home to her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on June 20, 2017. Her loving and devoted family never left her side throughout the course of her passing.
Lorilei was born on June 15, 1969, in Roswell, New Mexico to Sal and Viola Briseño. She grew up in Roswell and graduated from Roswell High School in 1987.
Lorilei was a longtime employee of United Airlines. She was a flight attendant and traveled all around the world. She often shared stories about her interesting encounters and adventures in flying. During her last years with United, she traveled to her favorite destinations in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Korea, and various destinations in Europe. She always expressed the need to “hurry and catch a flight.” She is now soaring through Heaven and flying high with the angels.
Lorilei faced Multiple Sclerosis with the same gusto and vigor that she lived her life. She faced MS head-on and refused and did not allow it to take away her life. She maintained a positive and hopeful outlook with regards to finding a cure for the disease and participated in various MS events.
Lorilei never stopped having a passion and appreciation for life which was evident in how she lived and loved her family. Her greatest joy was that of being a mother and a grandmother. Her life was never the same when she was blessed with her son, Caleb. The love of a child and being a mother completed her. She loved Caleb immeasurably. Lorilei was also a doting and devoted grandmother to her three grandchildren. Cassius, Camden, and Cieden were the apples of their grandmother’s eyes. Her son and grandsons provided her with the strength, courage, and motivation to continue her fight against MS.
Lorilei’s beauty radiated through her smile and her magnificent spirit filled any room she entered. Her laughter was contagious. She was a very giving woman who has left a legacy of love for all that had the honor of sharing in her life. We give thanks for the life of this amazing woman and are honored to call her a devoted wife, a beloved mother and grandmother, daughter, and sister. The unique, complex, extraordinary and irreplaceable Lorilei, whose grace and beauty inspired us all, will never be extinguished from our hearts and minds.
Lorilei was preceded in death by her father Sal Briseño Sr., sister, Katie Hamilton, grandparents, Matias and Benedicta Briseño, and grandmother, Dora Daley. She is survived by her mother Viola Briseño; husband David Perlingos; son Caleb Perlingos (Siria); beautiful grandsons Cassius, Camden, Cieden; brother Mike Briseño; brother Sal Briseño Jr. (Laura); sister Melanie Florez (Jonathan); and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A celebration of Lorilei’s life will be held at Church on the Move in Roswell, NM, on Saturday, July 29, 2017, at 10 a.m. A reception will be held immediately following the services for Lorilei.


Dennis Wayne Langford


Services are pending for Dennis Wayne Langford, age 77, of Roswell, who passed away Wednesday, July 26, 2017.
A further announcement will be made once arrangements have been finalized.
Arrangements are under the personal care of LaGrone Funeral Chapel. Online condolences may be made at lagronefuneralchapels.com.


Immigrant community feels terrorized by ICE

Moving back and forth among the protesters, a member of Somos Un Pueblo Unido led the protesters in chants with his megaphone. (Trevier Gonzalez Photo)

Last week a group of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents conducted raids in Clovis. Neza Leal-Sanchez of Somos Un Pueblo Unido explained that communities of immigrants all over the state are concerned that the next one might be in their area.

‘Vaders top Cowboys 5-2


In a low scoring affair Thursday night in Alpine, Texas, the Roswell Invaders used a big eighth inning to top the host Cowboys 5-2 in the first game of a crucial season-ending series with huge playoff implications.

Future designers at work

Little fashionistas receive their prizes after the judges deliberated at the Fashion Extravaganza contest Thursday afternoon at the Chaves County 4-H and FFA Fair. The Fashion Extravaganza, in addition to other similar contests at the fair, such as Wool Extravaganza, 4-H Extravaganza and Style Extravaganza, provided a fashion parade of imaginatively attired youth in handmade garments and promoted further the wool industry using handmade garments. (Briana Hodge Photo)

No opening Bell? Bell holding out as Steelers start camp

Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, left, arrives in a chauffeur driven 1931 Rolls Royce Phantom 1 at NFL football training camp in Latrobe, Pa., Thursday, July 27, 2017 . (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers trickled into training camp on Thursday in pickup trucks and Porsches, Rolls Royces and Rubicons.

Broncos lose running back Devontae Booker to wrist injury

Denver Broncos head coach Vance Joseph looks on during drills at NFL football training camp Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Englewood, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Broncos coach Vance Joseph’s first training camp got off to a rough start with word that Devontae Booker, who was pushing to unseat C.J. Anderson as Denver’s starting running back, will undergo wrist surgery Friday and is expected to miss six weeks.

Magic bring aboard Speights, Afflalo, Birch


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Marreese Speights is finally returning home — or close to it.

4 conferences sign on to basketball officiating alliance


GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Four more Division I conferences will join a men’s basketball officiating alliance formed last year by the Atlantic Coast Conference, the Big East, the Atlantic 10 and Colonial Athletic Association.

Nationals hit 8 HRs to blast Brewers 15-2

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper douses himself with water in the dugout before a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Thursday, July 27, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals staged their own version of the Home Run Derby, with Michael Blazek serving as the unwilling batting practice pitcher.

Pearce hits 10th-inning grand slam, Jays sweep A’s, win 8-4

Toronto Blue Jays' Steve Pearce tosses his bat in celebration after hitting the game-winning walk off grand slam to defeat the Oakland Athletics 8-4 in the 10th inning of a baseball game in Toronto, Thursday July 27, 2017. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

TORONTO (AP) — Steve Pearce became the latest Blue Jay to hit a game-ending home run.


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